ATLANTA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COUNTERFEITING AND DISTRIBUTING OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN FAKE $100 BILLS
November 22, 2011
Bills Passed in at Least Ten Different States
ATLANTA, GA - VINCENT GEROME ROME, JR., 25, of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty late yesterday in federal district court to manufacturing counterfeit $100 bills and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “This defendant may have used an old-fashioned method to make counterfeit currency, but he made a staggering amount. As this case shows, counterfeiting cash is more risky than ever, and the Secret Service is well equipped to make old-fashioned arrests and put defendants like this one in prison.”
Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office, said, “Since investigating counterfeit U.S. currency has been a core federal violation for the United States Secret Service for nearly 150 years, protecting the integrity as well as maintaining the public's trust in our nation's currency is a priority. This case demonstrates the negative impact of counterfeit currency on our local economy. In conjunction with our local law enforcement partners, we will continue to aggressively pursue those who manufacture and pass counterfeit currency to the fullest extent of the law.”
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: Over an approximately two-year period ending in August 2011, ROME created over $1.2 million in counterfeit $100 bills by removing the original image from genuine $5 bills using bleach or other commercial cleaners and solvents, and printing a new image bearing a $100 denomination on the genuine currency paper. ROME then sold the counterfeit currency to others in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who in turn passed the counterfeit currency in over ten states, primarily in the Southeast. During a search of ROME’s residence in August 2011, law enforcement recovered multiple bleaching trays, one of which contained $5 bills sitting in a commercial degreaser that were in the process of having the $5 images removed, multiple printers, dozens of bank wrappers used to wrap stacks of $5 bills, thousands in counterfeit $100 bills, and three firearms.
Sentencing has been set for February 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. before United States District Judge Amy Totenberg.
This case is being investigated by Special Agents of the United States Secret Service.
Assistant United States Attorney Nick Oldham is prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact Sally Q. Yates, United States Attorney, or Charysse L. Alexander, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, through Patrick Crosby, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office, at (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.